What’s News at ADAT This Week: 4.20.18
Leadership Blog – Instilling a Love for Israel on Yom Ha’atazma-ut and Everyday
Yesterday, Thursday, April 19, we celebrated the Independence Day of the State of Israel. This small country that is so near and dear to all of us is now 70 years old!
Preparing for this special day, I thought about what would be the best way to convey the importance of this day to our learners.
I decided that the learning about Yom Ha’atzma-ut should not only happen on the day itself, but in the weeks leading up to it, as well. I also wanted our students to take real ownership of the activities of the day.
Research shows that the best way to teach second language acquisition is through the use of authentic materials. These materials will help our students understand the richness of the language, the Israeli culture, and most of all, that Hebrew is not only the language of our history but a living language spoken in Israel today.
I want our students to love the Hebrew language and the culture and country of Israel. I also want them to understand that language and culture go together.
The authentic study of Hebrew and Israel does not not only occur between the classroom walls, but also in all the events that are held at our school and wherever they engage with the language.
Therefore, our preparation for Israel’s Independence Day involved engaging our students in the authentic study of Israeli culture. The students worked on projects related to Eretz Israel, which included: the places, the innovations and inventions, the poetry and singers, the army and Israel’s important personalities. Learning about Israel was driven by curiosity and resulted in a discovery of self. In the end, we presented everyone’s work in an exhibition.
Additionally, 5th and 6th grade students designed and ran stations for our celebration with the entire community. They had a chance to take a leadership role and, in so doing, the responsibilities associated with it. Everyone had a great time and the campus was buzzing with a deep sense of community and connectedness here and abroad.
Yom Ha’atzma-ut is a very special day in our calendar, and even more so on this momentous 70 years. We hope that this day, and every other day of our school year continues to instill a love of the land of Israel, its culture, and its language in our children’s hearts.
Inside the Classroom
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6th Grader Spotlight – Jordyn S.
How long have you been at ADAT?
I’ve been at ADAT since Mommy and Me, but I took a couple breaks while my family lived in Japan. But, I never missed a full year!
What do you do for fun outside of school?
I love to play soccer, hang out with my friends, and have sleepovers with them.
What do you like best about ADAT or makes ADAT so special?
What I like best about ADAT is how all the teachers are very calm, and if you have a question, they take the time to go over it with you and follow through on what they say they’ll do.
What was your favorite grade at ADAT and why?
6th grade has been my favorite year so far because it’s my last year and I get to do more than I’ve been able to do in previous years – from challah baking, to having parties, to going on field trips with my class.
What will you miss most about ADAT when you move on to Middle School?
My friends and my teachers.
What is something you learned at ADAT that you think will stay with you in the future?
My friends – I don’t think I’ll ever forget them or who they are. I hope I’ll see them too!
What is it about Design Thinking that has helped you learn differently?
Being able to work in the lab is a really cool working space. You don’t just sit there, you have access to different resources than you would have in a regular classroom. Plus, there are five rooms, so there is so much to do in every room.
In the Community
Our Annual Celebration honoring Haim Linder is tomorrow and we’re so excited for an incredible evening spent among our community. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and going “Back to ADAT’s Future” with you!
La Maida Institute
Mondays, April 16-30, 7-8:30PM
- Unlock the patterns of disconnection and understand how those patterns impact resilience and mental health
- Discover family exercises to connect more authentically through mindfulness and relational practices
- Learn how to “not lose it” through self-regulation techniques to manage stress in the nervous system
- Discover core values that support the integrity of the family while increasing its capacity for resilience
- Restore healing through harmonious communication with wise speech and easy-to-use strategies
ADAT Summer Camp
School News & Updates
Check out this week’s ADAT News Report from our Student Council here.
From the Synagogue
Mark your calendars for these important dates:
- April 27: grade 6 Shabbat Dinner and Service
- April 30: grade 5 field trip – Riley’s Farm
- April 30 – May 1: grade 4 field trip – Sacramento (no school May 2 – grade 4 ONLY)
- May 1-3: grade 6 field trip – San Francisco
- May 4: Maccabiah Games – 12:30 p.m. dismissal
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